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WITH GANESH Chathurthi round the corner, many shops in the city are holding exhibitions with `Ganesha' as the theme. Odyssey in Adyar has an exquisite collection of idols. Intricate in detail, they are made of clay, charcoal, rubber, silver and crystal. As for their prices, they range from Rs. 30 to Rs. 2,400.

Sunny Sistems — The Gallery in Gandhi Nagar, Adyar, has Ganesha statues in wood, stone, terracotta, coconut shell and silver plated metal. Also on display are paintings in acrylic, embossed copper, brass and aluminium, Tanjore paintings and stained glass ones. The exhibition is on till tomorrow. For more details, call 4426415.

Swarna S, a painter and sculptor, has come up with "The Glorious Ganesha", an art exhibition of metal reliefs, paintings and sculptures, at 19/2 Bazullah Road, BRB Apartment, T. Nagar. Swarna believes that to bring the concept of Ganesha to the common man, a judicious mix of traditional, contemporary and abstract motifs is essential in modern day art. Copper and bronze form the bulk of her work though she is equally adept at handling the acrylics and the oils. Her work can at times be extremely simple like "Sun Bath" which depicts Ganesha in a modern day environ, and at times, deep and philosophical like "Conversation", where the twin Ganesha panel depicts the dialogue of the soul with the Lord. Her welded work "Moodaha" shows the innovative use of the trunk to depict the characteristics of Ganesha. The welding together of copper bits makes a harmonious sculpture. The show is on till September 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Details can be had at 8156776 or 8157229.

That's not all. Kriya Audio presents "Gananathane", a debut album of a group of young musicians, protégés and offspring of Vikku Vinayakaram. The album features devotional songs set to a trendy beat. N. Radhakrishnan has penned the lyrics, which have been set to tune by Selva Ganesh. V. Uma Mahesh has lent his voice while V. Uma Shankar has played the ghatam. "Gananathane" is available at leading music stores. Contact 98400 43706 for details.

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